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Gareth Bale tore apart the Inter defense.
Tottenham enjoyed continued success under Nicholson into the '70s, winning another FA Cup, two League Cups and a UEFA Cup. The early '80s saw the club win two more FA Cups and another UEFA Cup, which solidified Tottenham's identity as primarily a cup team.
It was not until just last season, though, that Spurs really took the next big step in their history. By qualifying for the Champions League for the first time since its inception, Tottenham was finally on the world's biggest stage.
Thankfully, the club didn't disappoint. Spurs battled through a nervy encounter with BSC Young Boys in the qualifying rounds and were drawn into reigning champion Internazionale's group for the next stage of the competition.
In the first match between the two teams, Gareth Bale scored a second-half hat trick to minimize goal differential in a 4-3 loss. In the second match, now home at White Hart Lane, Bale again put on a dizzying performance, leading the team to a 3-1 victory. Playing well enough against both Twente and Werder Bremen in the other fixtures, Spurs remarkably topped the group and moved on to the knockout stages.
Tottenham drew Inter's neighbors AC Milan in the next round. A testy encounter at San Siro in the first leg ended in a 1-0 win for Spurs. Back at home, they were able to hold on to a 0-0 draw to win on aggregate and progress to the quarterfinals of the competition.
Spurs drew Real Madrid next and that's where their luck ran out. The deep run will forever be remembered, though, for the electric attacking performances that overcame the two Italian giants. These fresh memories only add to the club's magnificent history.